Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry. Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.


Tarun Samtani, CISSP

Cybersecurity | GDPR | DPO | CISO , Vectura Group plc

Tarun Samtani is the Group GDPR Lead for Vectura Group Plc, & SkyePharma. Tarun holds over 18+ years of experience across various sectors like Telecommunications, ISP's, Financial Services, Gambling, Retail and most recently Pharmaceuticals. Tarun has worked across UK, Europe, Asia & Middle East on different assignments. 

He has a wealth of experience in Cyber security & Data privacy and is passionate about securing business information landscape. During the course of his career Tarun has been involved in the strategy & planning, design, architecture and implementation of a significant number of information security programmes. 

He has a passion for Cyber Security & Data protection and enjoys sharing his experience. He also has a keen interest in helping out charities and non-profit board organisations fight cybercrime and is open to non-exec or board advisory positions. His specialisations include strategic board advisory, building roadmaps planning through delivery of security / privacy programmes including Security Culture, Data Security, GDPR and Data loss prevention, He regularly addresses global audience on these and other topics. 


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Junaid Farooqui

Security Consultant (MSc. Information Security, CISSP, TOGAF, PRINCE2 CCNA, MCSE), Metro Bank

He is an experienced Cyber Security Architect and Consultant, working for last 20 years in various sectors like Banking, Insurance, Transport, Health, Local Authorities, Utility, Media and Automobile

Coming from an engineering background he made his way up to acquire knowledge and expertise in the field of IT and Cyber Security to provide solutions and advice for complex business requirements.

He has got MSc degree in Information Security and also hold CISSP certification. He has other certification such as TOGAF, PRINCE, and ITIL as he believes from his practical experience that security cannot be implemented without understanding various organizational business and IT function.


Zeki Turedi

Cyber Security Expert , CrowdStrike

Zeki Turedi has extensive experience working within Private Sector, Law Enforcement and Government, consulting on Incident Response, Endpoint and Network cyber security throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. In his current role as a Lead Security Engineer for CrowdStrike, Zeki works with organisations to incorporate and streamline Threat Intelligence and Endpoint Protection. Zeki has also contributed to several publications and research papers including “Issues in Cybercrime, Security and Digital Forensics

Keynote speaker

Brett Johnson

The Original Internet Godfather , Former United States Most Wanted

Former United States Most Wanted, Brett GOllumfun Johnson, referred to by the United States Secret Service as The Original Internet Godfather has been a central figure in the cybercrime world for almost 20 years. Mr Johnson founded and was leader of one of the first darknet markets, ShadowCrew, and was instrumental in developing many areas of online fraud, helping design, implement, and refine modern Identity Theft, ATO fraud, Card Not Present fraud, IRS Tax Fraud, and countless other social engineering attacks, breaches, and hacking operations.

Upon his capture, the United States Secret Service promptly hired Mr Johnson. Brett worked with the USSS for almost a year before going on a cross country crime spree, making the US Most Wanted List, being captured, sent to prison, escaping prison, being captured again, and finally accepting responsibility for his actions.

Today, Brett consults with fortune 500 companies, cybersecurity firms, financial organizations, law enforcement, and others. He speaks frequently regarding his experience and knowledge of cybercrime in order to help other stay safe online. Brett is unique in that he offers a viewpoint and understanding of cybercrime which is unavailable anywhere else on the planet.


Patricia Vella

Committee Member, BANG (Business and National Government)

Patricia is a committee member for BANG (Business and National Government) a open group of friendly resilience and security professionals who get together regularly and invite a guest speaker to talk about a hot topic. Speakers include a wide variety of industry thought leaders from multiple business sectors. Whatever the subject, whatever the debate we like to push boundaries, challenge the unchallenged and exchange ideas. We have strong links with the DRI and are actively reviewing how we can influence industry standards to better meet company requirements.

Patricia is former Global Head of Business Continuity at Nortel Networks, which at the time was a telecoms manufacturer with nearly 30,000 employees in 50 countries across the world and has previously held roles as diverse as EU telecoms standards committee chairman and telecommunications technology researcher for a Japanese company where her horizons were a decade or more into the future and Development and support manager for a 24x7 critical infrastructure systems group where Patricia and her group needed to react to and initiate the resolution of issues within minutes 24x7. Ensuring compliance to Security and Data Protection was integral to all the roles she has held in the past.

She now uses that diverse experience in security and resilience to help companies understand what risks their business face and implement business and technological solutions to mitigate those risks. She is currently helping small businesses implement practical cost effective solutions to prepare for GDPR.


Prof. William Buchanan OBE

Professor of Computing, , Edinburgh Napier University,

Bill Buchanan OBE is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads The Cyber Academy ( and the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptograph, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World (, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and over 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Edinburgh Napier University Student Excellence awards in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Bill has an extensive track record for public engagement and social media and was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. He regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer, and was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last two years, and as one of the 50 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry changing the world (Times Scotland). In 2016, in Scotland, he won the Innovation of the Year for his work on advanced cryptography, and his research has led to three successful spin-out companies, including Zonefox (an innovated company focused on data loss detection), and a number of patents.


Jennie Williams


TITAN has the responsibility of protecting the communities in the North West from serious organised crime, including Cyber Crime.

Jennie regularly talks to businesses and the public, across the Region about the current cyber threat landscape, the UK Cyber Strategy, and cases the TITAN Cyber team have worked on. She provides common sense advice around what businesses and the public can do to protect themselves against a cyber-attack”.


Rob Bolton

Director & GM for Western Europe, Infoblox

Rob Bolton moved to London in May of 2017 after spending over two decades in sales and leadership positions with technology companies in the US. With a strong background in security, Cloud and Virtualization, and networking. Rob has worked in some of the largest and most complex technological environments, and has successfully helped implement leading technology solutions on a global scale. Rob has been with Infoblox for three years, and most recently is running sales and operations for Western Europe.


Bea Gully

Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace

Based in Castlefield, Bea Gully joined Darktrace in summer 2015, to develop the Northern sales.  Bea’s experience is predominately in Networking and security, previously working alongside Pentesters to discuss how to best secure clients networks.  Bea specialises in working with organisations across England and Scotland, within banking, telecommunications, Retail and Ecommerce.  


Holly Grace Williams

Penetration Testing Team Leader, WatchGuard

Holly Grace has 10 years of professional Information Security experience, currently working at Sec-1 as Penetration Testing Team Leader, which involves assessing the security of computer networks, websites and buildings through active exploitation. She is a CREST Certified Tester and holds a Master's degree in Information Security and Privacy, from Cardiff University.


Tony Drewitt

Managing Director, IT Governance

Tony is a member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI) and has acted as the technical expert on BS25999 for a UKAS accredited certification body.

Tony Drewitt holds the Managing Director position at IT Governance since September 2017. Previously, Tony has been an operational risk and business continuity management practitioner since 2001, delivering risk management and BCM systems for a wide range of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

He is one of the first BCM consultants to support a client in achieving registration under BS25999-2, the former business continuity management standard. Tony has also written two books on this standard and delivered the IT Governance BS25999 Masterclass and Foundation courses, helping a wide variety of organisations to understand the standard and develop BCM systems that meet its requirements.

More recently, Tony has worked on developing BCM systems designed to meet the requirements of the new international standard for business continuity management - ISO22301. He is the author of the books: A manager’s Guide to ISO22301, ISO22301: A Pocket Guide and Everything You Want to Know About Business Continuity.



Seminar speaker

Etienne Greeff

CTO and Founder, SecureData

Etienne is one of the early pioneers of the information security industry. He has spent over 20 years promoting the innovative use of technology and services to solve complex customer issues: founding, growing and successfully exiting a number of information security businesses. As CTO of SecureData, Etienne is passionate about cementing its status as a complete security services provider. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BSc in Electrical Engineering.

Seminar speaker

Kevin Kiley

Vice President of Sales & Partnership, OneTrust

Kevin Kiley is Vice President of Sales & Partnership at OneTrust a global leader in privacy management software which helps organizations operationalize data privacy compliance and Privacy by Design. In his role, Kiley works closely with many of the world’s largest companies on developing, delivering and supporting their privacy programmes. Previously, Kevin was at VMware where he led the North American EUC Enterprise Sales organisation, a $350+ million business.  Kevin holds an MBA from La Sorbonne completed Summa Cum Laude with additional post-graduate studies at Oxford University. He currently resides with his family in London, but splits time between the OneTrust offices there and company headquarters in Atlanta.

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